About getting a new Job and Jim Chance's question

About getting a new Job and Jim Chance's question

Post by Jim Alexan » Mon, 22 Jun 2009 01:50:49


Jim,

Perhaps change professions. That is what I am considering.

I don't know about you, but this Jim is going to be 56 in August and I suspect that getting a new job is going to be tough.

Yes, I have a lot of experience and certifications, but you can't eat them so they make little difference. If it did, you would have a job already and I know that for at least 1 year, you have been looking.

I am looking at something that I can do as a service that does not require anyone to hire me .. Only pay me for the service I provide, that way, they don't much care about age, just about the service being performed.

Many times, people will give more trust to an "experienced" individual when getting a service done. So that age might be a plus.

I am transporting one of the remaining HP3000 servers for Longs / CVS to the pharmacy distribution warehouse in Ontario California this weekend. It will continue to operate for about 4 more months and then be shut down for good. It will be the test and development server to the production box that has been in place for years.

I will be laid off on July 10th after 11 years with Longs. A well known company will be engaged to provide operations and administrative support ... The machines will be happy because in all likelihood, familiar fingers will be pressing the keys to do administrative tasks on these boxes, but I will let the audience figure out who that lower case loving person would be. ;-)

After about 30 years of HP3000s being at Longs *** with a high water mark of about 450 HP3000s, there will be no more HP3000 for Longs Drug Stores.

Long live the HP3000.

Jim Alexander Longs Drug Stores
Sr. Systems Programmer 925-210-6901
The opinions expressed are Mine and not Longs ***



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Just what does a person have to do nowadays to get a job?

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About getting a new Job and Jim Chance's question

Post by John Dunlo » Mon, 22 Jun 2009 17:50:51

Jim Alexander wrote :

"After about 30 years of HP3000s being at Longs *** with a high water
mark of about 450 HP3000s, there will be no more HP3000 for Longs Drug
Stores"

Having been employed at Rolm in Santa Clara looking after about 30
HP3000s when Longs was proliferating it's HP3000's all over the US, I
realised what a huge commitment to the HP3000 that Longs had made. If
I had technical issues that needed swift answers (at least swifter
than the Response Center could make at that time), people at Longs
were always happy to help. Rick Gerlach is a name that springs to mind
as a wealth of HP3000 knowledge. Of course, I can see now why a lower
case someone would jump ship as obviously the writing was on the wall.
:o)

*Sigh*...Those were the days.

Cheers,

John Dunlop

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